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Course: Drama

Course No: 15090

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC
Board Developed Course

Exclusions: Project developed for assessment in one subject are not to be used either in full or part for assessment in any other subject.

Course Fee: $35.00

Drama as a subject fosters skills in creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. It provides opportunities for students to explore social, cultural, historical, political and personal ideas, including the diverse values of Australian and other cultures. Students work both collaboratively and individually to explore the ways people react and respond to different situations and issues. In Stage 6, this is studied through the practices of Making, Performing and Critically Studying drama and theatre. The course is appropriate for students new to Drama, and those who wish to extend their skills from the Stage 5 course.

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Preliminary Course

Learning in drama is heavily practical and experiential. This is supported by the critical study of theories and practitioners that inform drama practices. In the Preliminary course students study Improvisation, Playbuilding and Acting, Elements of Production in Performance and Theatrical Traditions and Performance Styles.

HSC Course

The HSC course builds on the skills and experiences of the Preliminary year. Students study Contemporary Australian Theatre Practice and Studies in Drama and Theatre. Students are required to complete an Individual Project, in which they can harness their passion and skills into a particular focus for their Major Work. The compulsory Group Performance involves collaborating with others to devise an original piece of theatre, provide students the opportunity to demonstrate their performance skills in a creative and personalised way.



Preliminary Course

  • Improvisation, Play building, Acting
  • Elements of Production in Performance
  • Theatrical Traditions and Performance Styles


HSC Course

  • Australian Drama and Theatre (Core content)
  • Studies in Drama and Theatre
  • Group Performance (Core content)
  • Individual Project



The Preliminary course informs learning in the HSC course. In the study of theoretical components, students engage in practical workshop activities and performances to assist their understanding, analysis and synthesis of material covered in areas of study. In preparing for the group performance, the published Course Prescriptions include a topic list which is used as a starting point. The Individual Project is negotiated between the student and the teacher at the beginning of the HSC course. Students choosing Individual Project Design or Critical Analysis should base their work on one of the texts listed in the published text list. This list changes every two years. Students must ensure that they do not choose a text or topic they are studying in Drama in the written component or in any other HSC course when choosing Individual Projects.